How to Nominate a Book for TGC’s 2020 Book Awards – Ivan Mesa

Dear publishers,

Each year at The Gospel Coalition we review or spotlight over 200 books, culminating with our annual book awards where we select winners in the following 11 categories:

  • Public Theology & Current Events
  • Popular Theology
  • Academic Theology
  • Ministry
  • Evangelism & Apologetics
  • History & Biography
  • Christian Living
  • Children’s
  • First-Time Author
  • Arts & Culture
  • Bible Studies & Devotional Literature

Per TGC’s foundation documents, we seek books that meet the following criteria:

  1. offers gospel-centered argument and application;
  2. includes faithful and foundational use of Scripture, both Old Testament and New
    Testament;
  3. fosters spiritual discernment of contemporary trials and trends; and
  4. encourages efforts to unite and renew the church.

Books selected for an award will be featured at both our Women’s Conference (April 9–11, 2020) and our 2021 TGC National Conference in Indianapolis (April 12–14, 2020). (See the 2019 award winners.)

Publishers can submit up to two books per category; they can also nominate the same book in multiple categories, though no book will be chosen in more than one category.

We will only consider titles published between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, and only titles published in the United States. The deadline for publisher nominations is Tuesday, August 11.

To help subsidize the collective effort our team puts into this process, there is a $50 entry fee for each title nominated (in each category). To help streamline this process, we’ve set up an online form that will allow each publisher to nominate books online and submit all payments at the same time. (Note that you can only submit up to 10 books in each form, though you can submit multiple forms at various times.)

Once nominations are submitted on the form, please email a PDF of each title to BookAwards [AT] thegospelcoalition.org. (If the file size is too large, then please send along a link to Dropbox.)

If your book is selected as a finalist, your publicist will be informed by Wednesday, September 23. We will announce the winners near the end of the year.

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